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ID:     62-2122
Type:     Roman Imperial
Issuer:     Jovinus
Date Ruled:     A.D. 411-413
Metal:     Silver
Denomination:     Siliqua
Struck / Cast:     struck
Date Struck:     AD 411-413
Weight:     1.72 g
Obverse Legend:     D N IOVIN–VS P F AVG
Obverse Description:     Pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right
Reverse Legend:     RESTIT–[VT] OR REIP / KONT
Reverse Description:     Roma seated left on curule chair, holding Victory on globe and reverted spear; in exergue, KONT
Exergue:     KONT
Mint Mark:     KONT
Mint:     Arelate
Primary Reference:     RIC X 1601
Reference2:     King, Melanges Bastien, pl. 22,9
Reference3:     C 2
Photograph Credit:     Numismatica Ars Classica NAC AG
Price Sold For:     4000 Swiss Franc
Date Sold:     10/6/2011
Grade:     aEF/gVF
Notes:     NAC Auction 62, Lot 2122 (Estimate: CHF4000) Very rare and in unusually good condition for the issue. Toned and about extremely fine / good very fine When the Gallic nobleman Jovinus was proclaimed emperor in Germania Secunda in 411, his timing was ideal; the luckless Honorius had only just emerged from the horrors of 407-411, during which many crises had struck the Western empire, including the sack of Rome by the Visigoths. Jovinus already had agreements with kings of the Alans and Burgundians, and he immediately set about making alliances with other barbarian leaders, including Athaulf, king of the Visigoths. All was proceeding according to plan until Jovinus courted the Gothic dissident Sarus, and hailed his own brother Sebastianus co-emperor, for both of these actions alienated Athaulf, who instead began to co-operate with Honorius. The alliance of Athaulf and Honorius was effective, and the rebels Sebastianus and Jovinus were, in turn, captured and executed.